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The Aird & Berlis Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Group provides a broad range of services to charities and other not-for-profit organizations, such as professional and trade associations, academic institutions, hospitals and other health-related organizations, community social service agencies, public and private foundations, sport and recreational associations, religious congregations and others. Our specialized team of lawyers is assembled to advise charity and not-for-profit clients on a full range of legal matters including: 

Corporate Matters

  • Transition/continuance to the new not-for-profit corporate statutes
  • Incorporation
  • Special situations and strategic reviews
  • Governance best practices
  • Director duties and liabilities
  • Fundamental changes
  • Mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Member engagement
  • By-law and structure review

Charity Matters

  • Obtaining and maintaining charitable registration
  • Obtaining charitable gaming licenses
  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Trust law
  • Foreign operations
  • Permitted business activities
  • Fundraising
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Donor arrangements

General Commercial and Other Matters

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Commercial agreements
  • Real estate
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Labour and employment
  • Litigation 

We also advise clients on the new federal and pending Ontario not-for-profit corporate legislation.

Each member of our Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Group also has experience serving as a director on the board of one or more not-for-profit organizations.

Representative Matters

Recent Developments

Publications Article Jun 14, 2017 The Tricky Question of Director Benefits

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